Mumbai University results fiasco: More than 30% of IDOL students fail

Mumbai: More than 250 students out of 600 who applied for Masters in Sociology in the Institute of Distance and Open Learning (IDOL) have failed as per their Mumbai University (MU) results. The students claimed that they have been given very low marks and some of them have also been given a zero.

Over 50 students which comprises of 80 per cent of the batch of the first year or part 1 of the masters programme have failed. A majority of them have been given very low marks. While the students who have cleared have been given just passing marks. Janki Swarankar, a student, said, “We are sure that we cannot score such low marks. The fact that so many of us have scored low marks indicates that there is some error in our results.”

Surprisingly, the students who were toppers, have cleared but have been given just above passing marks. Swarankar added, “The toppers of the second year of this course who usually scored 75 and above marks have secured 40 marks which is just the passing marks.”

The only solution available for these students is to apply for revaluation as per the MU. But for this process these students of a distance learning programme will have to come to the university campus and apply offline. Vinod Malale, public relation officer at IDOL, said, “The students will have to apply offline for the revaluation process. The university will then check if there are any errors in the evaluation of their answer scripts. We will display the dates for this application within the next two days.”

But students agitated that they are forced to apply for this tedious process for no fault of their own. Shaheena Usmani, a student, said, “Why should we apply for revaluation? Why should we pay the revaluation fee of Rs 250 and come all the way to the university campus? We chose the option of distance learning for a reason. The university is responsible for the errors in our results. So why should we go through this tedious process?”

Around 58,000 answer scripts are pending to be assessed, which include major courses of IDOL. Arjun Ghatule, director (in-charge), board of examinations and evaluation, said, “Once these answer scripts are assessed the results of major courses of IDOL will be declared.”

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